Volunteer crashes car into runners


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  • Monday, 12 Mar 2018

KUANTAN: Four marathon runners were hurt when a car driven by one of the event’s volunteers crashed into them here.

Kuantan police chief ACP Mohd Noor Yusof Ali said the 28-year-old driver had been monitoring the runners heading from Bukit Istana to Kota SAS in the 8.25am incident yesterday.

When she reached near Masjid Al-Imam Ash-Shafie Kota SAS, she saw several participants running outside the designated lane.

“She tried to brake her car so she could give directions to the runners. However, she was believed to have lost control of the vehicle, and it veered to the left lane before hitting the runners,” he said.

Three participants were sent to the UIA Hospital while another was taken to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan for treatment.

The injured runners were Ahmad Fakhri Sulaiman, 31, Chua Yennie, 21, Nurul Huda Ahmad Razali, 33, and Haslinda Othman, 41.

Ahmad Fakhri suffered injuries to his head and left leg while Chua was hurt on her face and head.

Nurul Huda, a lecturer at Uniten Muadzam Shah, reportedly broke her left leg while Haslinda hurt her head, legs and left arm.

The “Run Out Pahang Marathon 2018” was organised by a Kuala Lumpur-based company with five years of experience in organising such events.

The marathon was held in collaboration with the Pahang Athletics Association and Pahang Tourism Office.

It was learnt that the event had approval from the Malaysian Sports Commissioner’s Office and Kuantan Municipal Council.

ACP Mohd Noor said statements from the victims, driver and the organiser would be taken while witnesses would be tracked down to assist in investigations.

He added that a meeting would be held with sports associations, district government departments, NGOs and event organisers to discuss measures to prevent such mishaps from recurring.

On Dec 10, a marathon runner was hit by a car during the Klang City International Marathon in Selangor. Evelyn Ang, 44, died on March 1, without regaining consciousness.

Following her death, the driver of the car, Teoh Thiam Lim, 28, who was charged on Feb 20 with reckless and dangerous driving, had his charge amended on March 9 to causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

 

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